Selected Courses on Digital Art-UOWM

5 Νοεμβρίου 2016

Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes Part I.

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Camera Lucida – Roland Barthes (σκοτεινός θάλαμος)
Part I.
What is Photography?

  • photography vs. cinema 
  • ontological investigation 
  • Classification (p.4) 
  • professional vs. amateur (empirical) 
  • landscape / objects / portraits / nudes (rhetorical) 
  • realism vs. pictorialism (aesthetic) 
  • “This” 
  • “A specific photographer is never distinguished from its referent.” (p.5) 
  • signifier/signified 
  • Language of the Expressive vs. Critical 

• “ . . . a desperate resistance to any reductive system.” (p.8)

The Photograph: to do / to undergo / to look

  • operator vs. spectator
  • simulacrum
  • chemical / optical / emotion?
    Ownership of the Photograph
  • subject becoming an object
  • death as subject
  • I like / I don’t like (p.18)
  • attached to a specific photograph, rather than a body of work
  • connected to “sentimental” reasons (phenomenal approach)
  • Studium 

• application to a thing / general enthusiasm without special acuity (p.26)
• “ . . . is that accident which pricks me” (punctuates; jumps out from the
Representation of the Dead
• Tableau Vivant (a representation of a scene by a group in appropriate
costume posing silent and motionless)

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Surprises (depicts)

  • rare
  • depicts something the normal eye cannot apprehend
  • prowess  Q??
  • “contortions of technique”
  • “trouvalle” or “lucky friend”
  • “ . . . the photograph becomes surprising when we do not know why it has been taken (p.34)
  • “A photograph cannot signify (aim at generality) except by assuming a
    mask.” (p.34)
  • “Ultimately, photography is subversive not when it frightens, repels or
    even stigmatizes, but when it is pensive, when it thinks.” (p.38)
    Unary (used to describe a mathematical operation that is applied to only one member of a set at a time, for example, squaring a number)

• “We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes.” – Kafka

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